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    My New (to me) Salsa Vaya

    I found a smoking deal on an original Root Beer Salsa Vaya on CL (half of new). From talking with the previous owner and looking the bike over, I doubt it has more than a half a dozen rides on it. He did say that he had it on a trainer. The Root Beer Metallic paint is beautiful. The 700x42 Conti's look like they barely touched asphalt.

    The only gotcha . . . bent RD hanger (which is causing some shifting issues). Luckily the frame is steel so it should be easy enough to straighten out. For $850, I can't complain. LBS will probably charge $50 to fix.

    I do need to get a new Brooks. The B17 on my Cross Check is black and just doesn't match. I am thinking B17 Imperial, but can't decide between Antique Brown and Honey.

    I call it the Super Deluxe Vista Cruiser. Rides like a Cadillac (as my dad would always say). I have never had STIs before, I'll see if they grow on me. I was going to go with Woodchipper bars, but I am liking the Bell Lap so far (much better than traditional drops).





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    Congrats Divtag!

    Ride the hell out of it!

    Yeeaaay for Divtag!!!

    - Slim

    PS.

    It's really a very nice bike!!!

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    Awesome bike!!! Love the root beer brown, too!

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    Seriously man....I think the Vaya is the best all around bike on the market right now. I use mine for everything....commuting, road riding, touring, etc. I keep mine set up for wet weather with fenders. Awesome looking ride.

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    I was looking on the Vaya thread at MTBR and I saw a couple with Antique Brown Brooks, that is probably what I will go with. Here is a post of the best looking one in the thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/7133150-post3.html.

    Now I just need to "accessorize" beginning with the Brooks saddle and adding a rack, but where to go from there . . .?
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    jelus, love the vayas
    Quote Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
    crabon/campy/rapha/roadie-bro.

    next step is recumbent.




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    You can fix your derailleur hanger for under $60 with this park tool. I bought one after I bent the derailleur hanger on my crosscheck. Works great, and is a nice tool to have just in case you ever have another bent hanger.

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    The antique brown matches the paint, but the honey provides some contrast. I like both just about the same, but I think the brown's a little nicer with the stock silver seat post.
    Enjoy the ride.

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    I also like the root beer paint job a lot, and the bike in general. How heavy is it?

    I decided a few months ago that the next bike I buy will be a drop bar disc brake 700c bike with generous tire clearance, and ideally pre-configured with a nice wide 11-32/34 cassette.

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    Not sure on the weight. Light enough for me. Seems lighter than my Cross Check, but it has a Brooks and a Rack. It seems lighter than my El Mariachi, also.

    LBS fixed the RD hangar for $15. Good as new. Now I need a new Brooks, rack, and . . . ?
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    Shiny metal fenders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divtag View Post
    Now I just need to "accessorize" beginning with the Brooks saddle and adding a rack, but where to go from there . . .?
    The Tubus Fly rack worked out well for me. It comes in silver, black and SS.

    Enjoy the Vaya, I sure like mine.


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    Anybody use Salsa's Wunderlust Rack?
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    Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divtag View Post
    Anybody use Salsa's Wunderlust Rack?
    Yup, I have a Wanderlust on the back and a Minimalist on the front. Works and looks great.

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    nice! i was in the same boat when looking for a new commuter after my last frame cracked.

    found a wild deal on a vaya as well and havnt looked back since

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